Freshman WRs will play; plus, predicting the Gamecocks’ Week 1 offensive depth chart

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Coach has confidence in OrTre Smith, Shi Smith and Chad Terrell

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said earlier this week that all three true freshmen wide receivers will play this season, via David Cloninger of The Post and Courier.

The trio of OrTre Smith, Shi Smith and Chad Terrell were all highly recruited prospects in the Class of 2017.

OrTre Smith and Shi Smith were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in South Carolina, according to the 247Sports composite. Terrell, a Dallas, Ga., native, was rated as the No. 41 overall prospect in Georgia.

Projecting the offensive depth chart

SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan took a shot at predicting South Carolina’s offensive depth chart for its season opener against North Carolina State on Sept. 2.

McGranahan’s picks are devoid of any true shockers, but there are a few noteworthy selections, particularly at running back.

Rico Dowdle as the team’s No. 1 running back is no surprise, but seeing UNC transfer Ty’Son Williams listed above redshirt sophomore AJ Turner is interesting. Turner started four games in 2016 and could be slotted as the team’s No. 3 running back to start the season.

Still in the mix

When asked if he’s intent on flipping his commitment from Tennessee, 3-star defensive end Dorian Gerald told SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut, “Anything is possible.”

The No. 7 overall junior college prospect in the Class of 2018 last visited South Carolina in June but plans to return later this fall.

“I want to get everyone there on a visit because that played a big role in me committing to Tennessee,” Gerald said. “I’m big on family and want my family’s opinion on things. That visit to South Carolina will be huge.”

Jaycee Horn commits to Tennessee

Four-star cornerback and South Carolina target Jaycee Horn committed to Tennessee live in the SEC Country studio on Thursday night.

The Alpharetta (Ga.) High School standout ultimately picked the Vols over both South Carolina and Alabama.

Horn is rated as the No. 219 overall prospect in the Class of 2018 in the 247Sports composite.

Return to Atlanta

The Gamecocks are interested in playing in the Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the future, according to a report from Matt Connolly of The State.

“I’ve had some conversations with Gary Stokan, [president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc.], in Atlanta at the new Mercedes-Benz stadium,” South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner told Connolly. “We haven’t secured any dates there, but we have had some dialogue about maybe an opportunity going forward.”

Tanner is a fan of the Gamecocks opening the season with neutral site games; he sees great value in the national exposure the high-profile interconference games provide.

South Carolina opens the 2017 season in Charlotte against N.C. State in the Belk College Kickoff Game. The Gamecocks are scheduled to play another season-opening tilt in the Queen City in 2019, this time against North Carolina.

George Rogers doc to premiere Sept. 5

The latest SEC Storied documentary showcasing the college career of South Carolina RB George Rogers will premiere on the SEC Network on Sept. 5.

Rogers led the country with 1,781 yards rushing in 1980, becoming the school’s first and only Heisman Trophy winner.

The Duluth, Ga., native was picked No. 1 overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 1981 NFL Draft. He led the NFL in rushing his rookie season with 1,674 yards, earning Rookie of the Year honors.

Men’s hoops conference schedule released

The South Carolina men’s basketball team released its conference schedule for the 2017-18 season on Thursday.

Visits from Missouri, Kentucky and Florida highlight the Gamecocks’ home schedule.

Scattered, smothered and covered

The South Carolina football team celebrated National Waffle Day the best way possible, with a catered breakfast from Waffle House.

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